About Chickita

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 158608

Chickita was rescued for cold stress in Ft. Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida on February 15, 2019. She was 171 centimeters long and weighed 174 pounds at the time of her rescue. She was taken to Miami Seaquarium for care. She was released on March 2, 2020 at CCEC in Brevard County. She was 221 centimeters and weighed 660 pounds

  1. 01/14/2021 10:30 AM
    • Chickita was resting with other manatees in the FPL canals, for the whole visual. Every 20 minutes, she would surface for a breath, stay at the surface for 4 minutes, and take 6 steady breaths each time. 

  2. 01/08/2021 12:00 PM
    • Chickita was bottom resting in deep water of the FPL canals with several manatees, taking 3 breaths every 17 minutes. She rested for the entire visual. When a whole group of fish being chased jumped out of the water near her and another manatee next to her, they reacted and moved away quickly. She popped up a little further away from where she had been, then went back to resting.

  3. 12/31/2020 10:15 AM
    • Chickita was resting for the entire visual, at the FPL plant in Ft. Lauderdale. She was coming up for 2-4 breaths every 15 minutes. Her nose looked a bit more bleached today and she was tossing her head out a little higher due to a little chop from high winds. She moved around a bit within the same area and would pop up in slightly different locations each time. 

  4. 12/24/2020 02:00 PM
    • Chickita was bottom resting and would surface every 15 to 16 minutes. She later began traveling down the larger canal towards the FPL canal. Once in the smaller canal, she milled near the mangroves, then was stationary for the remainder of the visual.

  5. 12/24/2020 12:00 PM
    • Chickita was resting in a busy hangout spot with many manatees in about 25 feet of water and took breaths every 14-15 minutes. She woke up and traveled to the back side of the small crescent island, then towards the FPL canal behind two other manatees. Along the way, she stopped several times and picked at food along the side. She ate some floating leaves as well. Afterwards, she continued traveling until she made it to the first bend, where another large group of manatees were hanging out and milled around in deep water, popping up in different locations each time for a breath.

  6. 12/22/2020 10:30 AM
    • Chickita was resting in very deep water with many other manatees, at the power plant in Ft. Lauderdale. She took breaths every 14-15 minutes. She began traveling away from the outflow area and made it to the first bend where she began socializing with a much larger manatee and following it around. She was later milling around for the rest of the visual and popping up in different locations. Her face was lighter gray in color. Feces were observed in her wake as she was traveling.

  7. 12/04/2020 09:00 AM
    • Chickita was bottom resting at first near another manatee, in a canal near Ft. Pierce, taking breaths every 10 minutes. She woke up and milled around towards the spillway, meeting up with another group of manatees. She then moved over to the bank where she was feeding on something submerged with another manatee. They both were throwing their heads out and chewing when they surfaced. She socialized briefly, then went back to feeding. At the end of the visual, she was stationary and no longer feeding.

  8. 11/11/2020 09:30 AM
    • Chickita was first spotted with a group of manatees eating water lettuce off the surface, in a canal in Ft. Pierce. She meandered towards the spillway with a friend, where they dove around and bumped noses, before heading back to the feeding group. Fishermen were notified and kindly paused while they were in the vicinity. She ate more water lettuce, then later moved to the side of the bank where she began bottom resting with several other manatees. She continued to rest for the remainder of the visual and at one point, had a lot of gas.


  9. 10/14/2020 09:45 AM
    • Chickita was milling in a large creek off the Indian River with some other manatees. They started socializing and continued as a tag exchange was attempted. Chickita moved away and began traveling, stopping on occasion to feed or socialize with nearby manatees. After exploring around this area Chickita started heading to a small creek that led into an into an area that could not be accessed by boats. Prior to her reaching the point of no return, the tag exchange was completed, and she continued under a tiny footbridge to her secret spot.

  10. 09/30/2020 10:30 AM
    • Chickita was milling around slowly in choppy conditions in the Indian River, tossing her head out of the water, often next to another manatee (it was unclear whether it was feeding or just for breaths because of the conditions). As the wind picked up more, she began traveling south, eventually making her way to a more sheltered location. She socialized briefly with another manatee, then continued to travel for the rest of the visual.

  11. 07/13/2020 11:30 AM
    • Chickita was bottom resting next to a seawall in Vero Beach. She later began milling around pilings and ate a few floating leaves in her path. She moved over to where mangroves were hanging down and ate some leaves. After a few minutes, she began bottom resting again and continued to do so for the remainder of the visual. She had GI several times throughout the visual. 

  12. 06/04/2020 09:00 AM
    • Chickita was traveling in the canal with a few manatees towards the Indian River. They all stopped and began feeding on vegetation that was floating by in large amounts from a spilllway upstream. She pulled several large patches and smaller clumps of mangrove leaves into her mouth. She then began socializing with the manatees around her, ate more, then socialized again. They later traveled away and down another canal, then back towards Indian River.

  13. 04/07/2020 11:00 AM
    • Chickita was socializing with another manatee in the Indian River, for a lot of the visual. They were chasing each other around and bumping noses at the surface. She eventually ended up with a whole group and started cavorting with them. She cavorted for the rest of the visual.

  14. 04/03/2020 11:15 AM
    • Chiquita was with many other manatees, in the Indian River, feeding, tossing her head way up out of the water. She fed for most of the visual, stopping only to socialize and travel briefly. 

  15. 03/12/2020 09:45 AM
    • Chickita was cavorting with a group of manatees, then she moved off to the side and milled around. She began bottom resting next to a few other surface resting manatees. Soon after, all the manatees spooked and she took off traveling. She traveled for awhile, then began milling. She then bottom rested for the remainder of the visual.


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